FHS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

Fairfield High school senior William Bernard was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist in a competitive scholarship program in which 1.6 million high school students participate annually. Of those, 50,000 advance to semifinalist status.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year.
To participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must:
-take the PSAT/NMSQT;
-be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
-attend high school in the United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. commonwealth and territory; or meet the citizenship requirements.
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended
Student or Semifinalist.
William Bernard is shown here with Aaron’s Blankenship, the Fairfield High School senior class assistant principal.